New York City is a place you can literally spend weeks getting lost in (in the best way possible, of course), but it can also burn a hole in your wallet much sooner than you'd hope. Luckily, there are some pretty amazing places in the city that cost nothing. These five free places to explore in New York City are packed with people, beauty, and adventure — so next time you're in town, make sure you start crossing them off of your bucket list.
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You can literally spend hours exploring the trails of Central Park — whether that be by foot, bike, or horse carriage is completely up to you. The Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir is a sight worth seeing, as is Strawberry Fields, where musicians can usually be found serenading the "Imagine" landmark dedicated to John Lennon.
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If you are willing to travel to the outskirts of Brooklyn, you'll find your journey well worth it once you step onto Coney Island. An amusement park keeps the beach area tourist packed, and you can even take a ride on the Cyclone, a historic wooden railroad that's been there for decades.
The High Line
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The High Line runs alongside the westside of mid-Manhattan, and depending on the season, you'll catch an eyeful of different plants, vendors, and views. Made on the track of an old rail line, this New York City park incorporates the history of the location into its structure.
Grand Central Terminal
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While Grand Central is a hub of transportation for New Yorkers and out of town visitors, it's also the perfect place to spend a day exploring. Filled with restaurants and shopping centers, you can easily have your fill of both food and fashion. On top of all that, the terminal's architecture is jaw dropping in and of itself.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
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Located in Dumbo, the Brooklyn Bridge Park is the best place to get a view of the Manhattan skyline. Both the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge cascade over the park, and the further you walk down the shoreline the more piers you'll run into for exploration.